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Published on April 13th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Aquion Energy + Ideal Power Announce Verification That AHI Batteries & Power Conversion Systems Are Compatibile, Following Testing

April 13th, 2015 by  

Noted aqueous hybrid ion battery manufacturer Aquion Energy has, along with the inverter manufacturer Ideal Power, tested and verified the compatibility of Ideal Power’s Power Conversion Systems (PCS) with its AHI battery solution, according to recent reports.

The PCS systems from Ideal Power underwent testing + validation at Aquion Energy’s labs as a means of verifying the operational compatibility of the two offerings (from the two different companies) under normal conditions.

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The findings of the testing process were pretty clear, apparently — with Ideal Power’s PCS being shown to be a great fit for Aquion Energy’s battery solutions systems. This includes all of the potential applications of the AHI batteries, across all residential, commercial, or microgrid, applications.

“After testing Ideal Power’s systems, we’ve determined that the performance and flexibility of their PCS is a great match for our batteries,” stated Ted Wiley, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product and Corporate Strategy at Aquion Energy. “We want to ensure that our AHI batteries work with the leading PCS systems in the market so that our customers can optimize the performance of our batteries. We’re confident in recommending Ideal Power’s PCS to our customers for their storage applications.”

“Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion chemistry is a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective energy storage solution for both microgrid and off-grid applications. Their batteries are a perfect match for our new microgrid-forming products,” stated Ryan O’Keefe, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Ideal Power.

Yet another news item to that makes me lean towards the bullish side on Aquion’s prospects.

Image Credit: Aquion Energy

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  • Bob_Wallace

    “Aquion is now selling its first battery stack product, the S-10, for $850 per stack (2 kWh each). Seven or eight battery units make up a stack. Twelve stacks make up a module, which runs for around $11,000. At those prices out of the gate, Aquion is selling its batteries for below $500 per kWh — on par with lead acid batteries, but they last longer without degrading and are guaranteed for at least 3,000 cycles. ”

    “Those prices are just the beginning. Aquion’s goal is to drop its prices below $350 per kWh by the end of 2015 and to make them progressively cheaper after that, getting the cost under $200 per kWh by 2020.”

    Article here with a lot of detail –

    • Matt

      An so it begins!

    • ADW

      Anyone have an idea of how much longer the Gigaom website will be on line? They went belly up last month.

    • vensonata

      Yes, we are drooling. The aquion site has a comparison with lifepo4 for off grid use. They have many persuasive arguments for Aquion’s superiority for stationary off grid use. Of course they are too heavy to be used for EV so lithium will own that market. The Aquion enjoy “hovering” which Lead Acid do not, and this is characteristic of PV systems in cloudy climates. Aquion are also completely non- flammable. The cycle life is actually superior to lithium. 3000 cycles to 100% discharge. Then there are another 3000 left until their capacity is at 60%. Lithium can only be discharged to 80%, so when we calculate the cost per kwh we must derate by 20%for lithium.
      Aquion shipping costs will be greater than lithium since Aquion is actually as heavy as Lead Acid batteries. Aquion are maintenance free. Lots of appealing characteristics. Remember, you marry your battery bank!

      • Bob_Wallace

        EOS Energy Systems is now selling (for 2016 delivery) at $160/kWh and 10,000 cycles.

        Alevo is expected to start shipping this year at somewhere around that price and more than 40,000 cycles.

        Ambri is expected to start grid trials next year. Potentially cheaper than all others and 300+ years with unlimited cycling.

        This time next year we should be having very different conversations. And not much later “What storage problem?”.

        • vensonata

          It’s about time. May it be a resplendent cornucopia of storage solutions.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Bring it on. I so need more battery storage at a cheap price. Better batteries and more panels and I can stop using my genny.

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